Mass. Gov. Patrick Hopes International Travel Will Lead To More Economic Growth Stateside

Jun 9, 2014

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, right, speaks with State Senator Ben Downing of Pittsfield and State Representative Smitty Pignatelli of Lenox, behind Downing, in Lee Monday morning.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was in Lee Monday morning to break ground on a road construction project. The Democrat returned to the commonwealth last week after a trip to Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Gov. Patrick marked work on a two-mile, $4.4 million construction project on Tyringham Road. The Democrat spoke about his one-week trip which included a return to Israel.

“Since our first trip in 2011 there are now some 200 Israeli-rooted companies doing business in Massachusetts,” Patrick said. “$6.5 billion in revenue and nearly 7,000 people employed. I think that over time and with the follow-up the trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi will produce similar kinds of results.”

Patrick has made it a goal to expand the commonwealth’s trade internationally over his eight years in office. The Democrat is not seeking reelection this November.